V day, or B day is looming – that’s Vote day or Brexit/Bremain day, however you care to view it. The referendum vote to decide whether the United Kingdom remains a member of the European Union, is on Thursday June 23rd, and if you are a resident here and you haven’t sent your postal vote by now, unfortunately your deadline has passed.
Here in Adeje the FOCUS group recently hosted an information event about the vote and the potential fallout. Both our financial expert, Paul Montague and our legal expert José Escobedo did point out one thing that every non Spanish resident should make sure of, and that is that they are legally resident here.
If you are a fiscal resident in Spain, you are a registered resident in an EU country, so you will continue to have certain rights as such if the vote is to leave the EU. A fiscal resident means that you are registered as a resident and pay your taxes in Spain, and signing up on the ‘Padrón’ (resident register) is also and always important to making sure your daily lives here run as smoothly as possible.
Registering on the Padrón ensures that you have access to all the local council services, subventions and assistance that, as a resident, you are as entitled to as anyone else. It’s easy to do, and the staff at the Adeje Town Hall front office will be delighted to help you.